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MessI aims dig at Laporta over Barça exit

Messi aims dig at Barcelona president in recent interview

November 1, 2021 By Oscar Rojas
The Argentine ace was less than thrilled to listen to Laporta's comments about his departure over a month ago.

Lionel Messi had kept his thoughts to himself regarding his controversial exit from Barcelona last summer, but the Argentine footballer decided to step up and share his truth for the first time in an interview.

Speaking to Catalan-based newspaper Sport, Messi discussed the details of his exit from the Blaugrana side, and while doing so, he aimed a dig at Joan Laporta's words about how he hoped for Messi to play for free in order to help Barcelona's ailing financial situation.

According to Messi, Laporta's wishes of him playing for free at Camp Nou could have been fulfilled...if Barca's president had asked him to.

"I did everything that was in my power to stat, I was never asked to play for Barcelona for free. I was asked to lower my wage to 50%, and I did so without any problem. We were willing to help the club. My desire and my family's wishes were to stay at Barcelona," Messi said.

Then, Messi aimed a dig at Laporta for his poor handling of the situation and how he went on the record to criticize Messi for not extending his deal with Los Culés.

"No one asked me to play for free, but at the same time, I felt that the president's words were uncalled for. I was hurt because he does not have a need to come out and say so. It's like he decided to get away with what happened as if it wasn't his responsibility, he walked away from all consequences. He had all people questioning my loyalty to the club and I think I don't deserve that kind of treatment," Messi added.

Later in the interview, the player admitted that he has not spoken to Guardiola ever since, and how he has no problems whatsoever with any of his former teammates.

"No, no one let me down, because I know everyone like the palm of my hand. Those I expected to support me, did so. They were as surprised as I was. They had my back and supported me the whole time," the player stated.

Before the interview came to an end, Messi went on about a possible return to Camp Nou and in what capacity he'd like to go back to the team where he won four UEFA Champions League titles.

"Yes, I have always said that I'd love to go back to the club. I'd want to be useful and to help them be great again. I'd love to be the sporting director, but I don't know if it will be possible there. I'd like to go back there because I love the team and because I feel I can contribute to keep the club among the best in the world," Messi concluded.

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